Enoch Arden

TENNYSON, Alfred. Enoch Arden.

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TENNYSON, Alfred. Enoch Arden. London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1866.

4to., green morocco ruled and lettered in gilt to both covers, with central gilt device; five raised bands, gilt in compartments and lettering direct to spine; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers and gilt turn-ins; numerous full page and text engravings by Arthur Hughes on heavy stock; pp. [ix], 2-81, [vii]; boards a little rubbed and bumped to corners, with some marginal loss of leather; internally fine and bright, with the odd spot but else no foxing; a beautifully lavish copy. Provenance: Ex libris of Bertha von Hofmann to front paste down, and an inscription to her husband on the ffep: "To Professor A. W. Hoffman, PH.D., L.L.D., F.R.S., etc. from his friend and former pupil John Spiller offered as a token of appreciation and regard, and to mark the 25th Anniversary of their first acquaintance. October 1st 1873."
First edition illustrated thus.
Tom Hank's Castaway aint got nothing on Tennyson's Enoch Arden, the story of a sailor shipwrecked for ten years who returns home to find his wife remarried, and his previous life in tatters. The illustrations are beautifully crafted by Arthur Hughes (27 January 1832 – 22 December 1915), an English painter and illustrator associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. It was not until much later in Hughes' career that he began to illustrate for books, but his black and white engravings are now considered to be some of his best work. Enoch Arden was his first major book commission.
August Wilhelm von Hofmann (8 April 1818 – 5 May 1892[2]) was a noted German chemist who received several significant awards in relation to his work in the field of chemistry, including the Royal Medal, the Copley Medal and the Albert Medal. The book plate belongs to his fourth wife, Bertha.

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